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The leader of the New democratic Party (NDP), Jagmeet Singh, was arrested Tuesday, the prime minister Justin Trudeau in order to combat systemic racism within the royal Canadian mounted police (RCMP) by reducing its budget to invest more in community services.
“In recent years, while the prime minister was in office, the budget of the RCMP has increased by 31 per cent “, he argued.
Mr. Singh is right. The RCMP expenses increased by 32 % between the years 2015-2016 and 2018-2019, amounting then to $ 3.8 billion.
To put this figure in perspective, the Sûreté du Québec has also seen its spending increase during this period. The expenses of the police force in quebec jumped by 18 % between the years 2015-2016 and 2018-2019. This represents a total of$ 1.1 billion, according to the latest annual report.
It should also be noted that the number of police officers within the RCMP has increased from only 2 % in the past four years. In 2018-2019, the RCMP had the equivalent of 22 509 full-time positions for police operations.
The number of the week: $ 4 billion
It is the cushion that is set aside the government of Quebec to face a possible second wave of the pandemic COVID-19. The minister of Finance Eric Girard we learned yesterday that the impact of the first wave is expected to be$ 11 billion to Quebec this year. In addition to this amount, the government sets aside$ 4 billion for the additional consequences of a possible second wave of pandemic. If this amount was to be used, the Quebec would, therefore, be in the red by$ 15 billion. The minister Girard, however, has good hope of being able to balance the budget in five years, even if it is the worst recession since the Second world War.
– Marie-Christine Trottier